EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer), patented in the mid-1960s, is a synthetic rubber that has been an ideal commercial roofing for more than half a century. EPDM roofing is tough, relatively inexpensive to install and maintain, and resists chemical degradation from ultraviolet rays. Those three benefits alone are great, and are a small part of three things to know about versatile EPDM roofing.
What Is EPDM Roofing?
Ever since it became available in 1965, EPDM has been used to replace natural rubber in molded products, hoses, tires and roofing products. It is produced in wide (up to 50 feet) sheets that maintain their flexibility and resistance to puncture, hail and thermal damage. It lays out easily, can be trimmed and formed for difficult roof contours, and is easily joined using either liquid adhesive or splice tape.
Because it conforms so readily, EPDM is great for low and steep slope roofing, and roofs with domes, barrels and other geometrically shaped roofs. EPDM attaches with thermal set adhesive, mechanical fasteners, or by being loose laid with ballast atop it.
What Are EPDM’s Benefits?
Because EPDM roofing has been around for over 50 years, many roofers have a great deal of experience with it. It is made from recycled materials, so business owners (and even homeowners who use it for flat roofs) can feel good about the environment. Other benefits:
- EPDM is fire resistant
- EPDM roofing is naturally waterproof (not just water resistant)
- Installation is quick, predictable and without harmful fumes or odors
- EPDM roofs typically last 30 to 40 years
- The synthetic rubber is not only ultraviolet ray (UV) resistant, it is stable against extreme temperature fluctuations, wind uplift and hail
- Repair work on EPDM is remarkably fast, simple and inexpensive compared to repairs of other roofing membranes
Does EPDM Work Well for Commercial Roofing?
If for no other reason than its available width, EPDM is ideal for commercial roofing. EPDM roofing comes up to 50 feet wide, which means many industrial and commercial roofs can be entirely seamless.
Due to its durability, weather resistance, waterproof makeup and easy installation, many business owners and property managers swear by EPDM. Available in light colors to reflect heat, EPDM helps lower cooling costs, too.
Get answers to all your questions about EPDM roofing by contacting us, Perfection Roofing Inc. We will be happy to explain the many benefits of this reliable commercial roofing product.